Men's Basketball Receives No. 2 Seed at Nationals

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—After a 15-10 finish to the regular season, the Southern Virginia University men's basketball team today received a No. 2 seed at the 2012 USCAA Men's Basketball National Championship tying last year for the highest postseason seed in program history.

A year ago, the Knights made a memorable run winning 21 of their last 23 games—including three consecutive games as the No. 2 seed at the 2011 tournament—on route to the university's first USCAA men's basketball national championship.

Having played one of the toughest regular season schedules in program history, this year's squad is also riding a hot streak into the postseason having won seven of its past nine games with one of only two losses since late January coming at NCAA Division I Longwood University.

Southern Virginia's biggest strength this season has been its depth at the guard position with four backcourt players—senior Spenser Briggs (Goldsboro, N.C.), junior Isaac Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), sophomore Anders Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.) and sophomore Casey Nye (Kaysville, Utah)—averaging double figures.

Nye leads the way for the Knights at nearly 15 (14.9) points per game, while Briggs, A. Jacobson and I. Jacobson average 13.2, 11.3 and 10.0 points respectively.

The third member of the Jacobson Big Three, sophomore Jonathan Jacobson (Kitty Hawk, N.C.), is also near double-digit points (9.6) each contest, while leading the Knights in rebounds per game with 5.9. 

Southern Virginia is also deeper this season at the center spot getting nearly quadruple the point production and more than double the rebounds from that position than a season ago.

Last year's centers averaged just over four points and four rebounds per game, while this season senior Travis Van Noy (Reno, Nev.) along with freshmen Justin Langford (Canby, Ore.) and Justin Wolf (Payson, Utah) combine for 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.

Men's basketball will begin its title defense in Uniontown, Pa., on Wednesday, Mar. 7 against Oakwood University at 3:15 p.m. The Oakwood Ambassadors won the USCAA men's basketball title in 2008.